Although many people do not like it,
marriage to children is a part of Islam. Allah says: "if you fear that you can
not deal fairly with "the orphans" marry who seems good to you, two, three,
or four"; and orphans are below the age of puberty.
In my opinion, the marriage that has
been referred to in the verse of Surah
is not with a minor orphan girl. My opinion is based on the following reasons:
The verse that you have alluded to,
And if you fear that you shall not be able to do justice with these orphans, marry women that are right for you - two, three or four. (Al-Nisaa 4: 3)
The word "Yataama"
(translated as "orphans") in the Arabic language is used for such minor boys
and girls, whose father has passed away. This word has been used a number of
times in the Qur'an
Â and nowhere has it been used for minor girls only.
The word "Nisaa"
(translated as "women") in the Arabic language is used for adult women only.
Thus the words: "Marry women that are right for you..." cannot be taken to
imply marrying minor orphan girls.
The 6th verse of the Surah
is another evidence of not only the fact that the word Nisaa
(women), as used in verse 3, is not meant for minor orphan girls, but also that
Â has upheld the normal socio-cultural tradition of marrying
boys and girls only after they have matured mentally as well as physically and
are prepared to take up the responsibilities of marital life. The verse reads
Keep testing these orphans till the time that they reach the age of marriage... (Al-Nisaa 4: 6)
In view of the above arguments it is
clear that the women regarding whom the Qur'an
Â is allowing marriage are not the minor orphan girls referred
to previously in the verse. However, this brings us to the question that if
these "women" are not the minor orphan girls previously referred to, then
who are these "women". A close look at these verses and also verse 127 of
the same Surah
clearly shows that these "women" are actually the mothers of these orphans.
, in the opening part of Surah
has directed the Muslims to take care of the orphans (boys and girls) in the
society, as they would take care of their own children. In this context, the
Â says that if one fears that he shall not be able to deal
justly with these orphans, he may marry their mothers, if he feels that this
marriage shall help him in fulfilling his responsibility towards these orphans.
Then again in verse 127, the words
al-nisaa" (translated as "orphans of these women") clearly
shows that the "women" referred to in verse 6 are the mothers of the minor
orphan boys and girls.
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